Top self-tanning tips for a believable golden glow

Get summer-ready with a faux glow.
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Get summer-ready with a faux glow.

With everything we know about skin cancer these days, it's no surprise that self-tanning continues to be the best way to get a golden, healthy-looking tan without the risk.

And each and every year, the self tanners become better and better, with refined formulations and a longer lasting finish.

The key to nailing a believable faux glow comes down to good technique.

Some of the best tans: Bondi Sands Everyday, $23. Sukin Sunless Bronzing Gel, $24.50, Le Tan Express Tanning Spray, $23. ...

Some of the best tans: Bondi Sands Everyday, $23. Sukin Sunless Bronzing Gel, $24.50, Le Tan Express Tanning Spray, $23. St Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan, $38 and Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Natural Bronze, $16.50.

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With the help of the ladies from Premium Glo, here's everything you need to know about tanning at home and in the salon.

PREP: Exfoliating and moisturising are absolute musts before applying a self tanner or booking in for a spray tan. Not only does it make your skin feel smooth but it also helps you nail the perfect tan. Use a good quality exfoliating scrub and mitt and exfoliate your entire body at least two to tthree times leading up to your tan. Concentrate on the elbows, knees, and ankles as these areas always tend to be a little bit dryer and don't always get the attention they deserve.

Before you start the tanning process apply some moisturiser to any dry areas such as feet and elbows. The next day continue to moisturise your body daily head to toe, as this will help to extend the life of your tan.

TIME YOUR TANNING: It's all in the timing. Whether you are using a self tanner or have booked in for a spray tan we recommend you always tan a day or two prior to your special event.

If you are tanning at night ensure you allow enough time for the tan to dry naturally before heading off to bed. You don't want to wake up to find your tan is now on your sheets and not your body.

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Avoid the rain - those raindrops are a tans worst nightmare. You will also need to ditch the gym while your tan is developing, as sweating will make the tan run.

Do not apply any deodorant, perfume or make up to your body prior to or immediately following your tan. All of these products can form a barrier and may effect the tan, reducing your ability to apply an even colour all over.

WORK OUT YOUR WARDROBE: For your post-tan outfit, light 'n' loose is the golden rule!
It's extremely important that you wear suitable clothing after your tan has been applied - now is not the time to be wearing your favourite outfit.
To help achieve an even all-over glow, wear dark, loose clothing and no bra if possible. By wearing tight-fitting clothing you may run the risk of streaking or rubbing of the colour. Avoid things like leggings, tight tops, sports bras or anything that will cling to your skin.

To avoid the streaks ditch your sneaks: jandals or sandals are the perfect footwear choice post-tan or go barefoot.

BEWARE OF THE SUN: You might feel like you can't turn red when you are nicely brown, this is not true. Only some self tanner products will contain SPF broad spectrum protection. With our harsh New Zealand it's imperative that you still use a sun protection product every time you are exposed to the sun.

GIVE YOUR TAN MILEAGE: To keep your spray tan looking fresh, top it up with a gradual tanner. An everyday gradual tanner is the perfect product to take with you if you are heading away on holiday - simply top up as needed to maintain a longer lasting glow.

 - Stuff

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